Burglars are predictably unpredictable, but there are several ways you can help protect yourself. Below
you’ll find some suggestions to assist you and your neighbours in preventing break-ins.
Start a Neighbourhood Watch System
A neighbourhood watch system is a surveillance arrangement you can put together with your neighbours to
thwart crime. This civilian-based system is a great way to keep your community united and up-to-date on
pertinent issues such as homelessness, new construction, and general resident safety. More eyes on the block
mean fewer opportunities for crooks to steal from you and your neighbours.
Invest in a Security System and Cameras
Installing a home security system gives you peace of mind. Even if you cannot afford to maintain a
subscription long-term, you can at least make it appear that your home is protected by a security company.
Have a sign made, similar to those you see in front of homes that retain a security service.
It will cost you less than one month of service from a well-known security company to have your sign made.
Then install it at the front of your home, and the back too, if intruders have access from the
This is a secret I learned from a senior executive with a security company. Most thieves will avoid homes
that retain a security service. This simple trick will probably deter 90% of the bad guys from targeting
Keep Quiet on Social Media
Vacation is exciting, but don’t flaunt your intended absence on social
media—you never know who is watching.
Make Your House Look Lived In
Be sure to put a hold on your mail if you're going to be out of town. Put
your indoor and outdoor lights on a timer, and ask your neighbors to park in your driveway once in a
while. This will give your home a lived-in look and feel.
Get a Smart Lock
If you have kids, lose your keys frequently, or want to automate your home,
install a smart lock or deadbolt. Some smart locks
allow you to lock or unlock the door from your phone; this strategy is ideal if you are on-the-go or
forgetful. But be sure your phone is secure from hacking, and cannot be opened if you lose the
Don’t Open the Door to Just Anyone
Don’t feel you must always answer the door—especially if you
don’t know the person. If you prefer to screen your visitors like you screen phone calls, check
out our smart doorbells.
Rely on Man’s Best Friend
Regardless of how cute Rover might be, dogs are a formidable
presence—thieves will avoid hanging around your house if they hear a dog bark. Even if you
don't own a dog, buy a “Beware of Dog” sign. Hang it in your front window or put it in
on the front lawn, or the door if you live in a condo.
Use Privacy Film
Line decorative windows with privacy film. This will prevent unwanted eyes
from checking out your valuables (while still letting natural light seep through).
Close Your Blinds
Late afternoon light is wonderful, but leaving your blinds raised makes it
possible for passersby and potential thieves to see into your house.
Use Smart Bulbs and Motion Sensitive Lights
Burglars want to be invisible, and smart bulbs and motion sensitive lights can prevent that.
Smart bulbs can be controlled from a home security smart hub.
Always Lock Your Doors and Windows
An unlocked door is an open invitation, so be sure to lock it when going out
or coming in, and check all locks before going to bed. If you live on the ground floor be sure to close
and lock windows when leaving the room.
Beware of Oversharing
Be aware of who you invite into your home and how much information you share
with them. A friendly worker might have ulterior motives.
Get a New Hiding
Burglars know the ole sock drawer hiding spot. Get creative and think about storing your valuables
behind the garbage bags or the canning supplies cabinet. Or better yet, buy yourself a safe.
While there’s no perfectly
fail-safe way to prevent a burglar from casing your house, remaining vigilant and aware and taking
precautionary measures will help protect your home and family. So, whether you choose a dog, motion
sensitive lights, or a professionally monitored home security service, make sure that you’ve made
the effort to protect your home from thieves.